28/07/2014

Hiker’s mini album 4×4.

Today I publish my latest TINY book made with the latest ‚JET’ scrapbook add-on which is ONE OF THE BEST KITS EVER at Studio Calico – thanks to Marcy Penner (kisses :* ). It’s probably not available at the Studio Calico shop now, but there are some lucky people all over the world who bought it at the reveal night. Well – I have an inspiration for all of you. No matter if you grabbed that set of goodies or not – maybe you will feel inspired looking at my mini 4×4 album.

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The cover is closed thanks to the fancy Button & Tie Envelope envelope from the kit. I transformed it into the back and the front of the cover, what is (in my opinion) one of the greatest things I made lately :) ahahahahah it has a CONSTRUCTION (!!!) for me it’s a big deal because my alogical brain can’t constract anything. This is the peak of my technical capabilities – that’s why I am so proud of it. OK – the inner side part:

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Are you still here? :) great. I know – it was a lot of photos this time, sorry for that, but you have to believe me that I was resisting myself to not to add more. I have hundreds of pictures from our mountain trip and I love them all :)

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For those of you who like the look of this mini I collect a set of supplies which may help you to create something similar to this. What’s important? The size, the format, colours, craft elements (or craft colour as a part of the mini), tags and of course – overlays (transparencies) which add something unique to the project.

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What I chose.Two kinds of overlays – both from Studio Calico lines: Brighton Pier and South Market. Next thing – ink pads. I chose only two based colours from the whole range of Color Theory collection. I adore various ready-made titles, espcially those wood veneers from Brighton Pier line. Add a craft feeling to the wholeness – this set of round cork stickers will be fabulous. What I love and what I my ‚must have’ in the mini album are tags. I couldn’t resist and I add few tubes of brand new Color Theory acrylic paint – they are more than just tiny treasures, they are really good! I chose various shades of green and blue, cyan and a pop of coral colour. At the end – good news – ‚Aloha’ Stamp Set is back! It’s perfect for travel minis, so I think it’s a good place to mention about them.

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Talking about the ‚JET’ add-on we have to get back and say WHY it was created. The third MINI BOOK class from the MINI BOOK LIBRARY seria. Yes! It’s an official time to enroll to this class!!!
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This time Marcy will show you how to create a spectacular Instagram mini album! She will be using the same kit as I was (but I didn’t have few supplies from the JET set and I had no idea that there will be such fantastic printables out there! I will print them anyway, even if my mini is already finished).
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To purchase Marcy’s workshop, add this item to your cart. Or bundle and save! Get all four 2014 Mini Book Mini Workshops with one click! Purchase the Mini Book Library to enroll in all four workshops for $36 – a 10% savings!

Marcy’s workshop is enrolling through 8/31/2014 at 11:59pm EST (NOW) and all class content will be available on 8/10/2014.

27/07/2014

‚Sandlot’ reveal!

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After whole last week of sneaks and selections of my choice, new classes and upcoming european workshops, it’s time for ‚Sandlot’ reveal – finally! I wrote a lot about these kits already, what can I add? I think only my projects made with August goodies with a short description ‚how-to’.

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Traditionally starting from the scrapbook [Main Kit Only] project:

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When I saw this pink exclusive paper I knew that I should make a ‚big photo’ project this time. I printed a huge black and white photo which was made during our vacation in Tatra Mountains. We spent AMAZING time amoung the highest hills in Poland – spectacular views and unforgetable emotions. Our best vacation EVER! To the main kit goodies I added few remarkable printables designed by Tina Aszmus - my favourites this month!

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This supposed to be also a [main kit only] project but I couldn’t resist and I added few elements from the ‚JET’ scrapbook add-on (yellow trnsparent element, yellow brad). I used set of photos which I made during the meeting with Mona Gee (Polish scrapper, well known in the SC gallery). I was inspired by this fabulous ribbon by KNOT&BOW from the main kit!

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And my last page – a kind of ‚timeline’ of the hiking day. I tried to answer on your requests published at the SC message board, that you would like to see more multiple photo layouts. So I used six pictures made during the trip from ‚Wierch Poroniec’ through ‚Rusinowa Polana’ to ‚Gęsia Szyja’ hill. I used two Heidi Swapp masks here from the ‚HERCULES’ add-on, October Afternooon alphabet from the ‚JET’ add-on and I wrote a word ‚beautiful’ using a nib.

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This month’s add-on are just… how can I say that… OUTSTANDING!!! :) Please let me introduce you to those beauties:

HERCULES          JET          SMALLS

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One more project… This month, the whole Studio Calico creative team was challenged to scraplift one of the SC members. It was a crazy ride for us! We were ‚ordering’ the names from the gallery  – oh, it was a madness :) Finally I decided that I am going to scraplift an A4 page project created my Magdalena – Rockermorsan.

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Another ‚happy friendship’ project in my gallery this month! I start thinking that ‚Sandlot’ kits are just made for ‚friendly’ layouts! :) I would like to say thank you to Magdalena for letting me be inspired by her page. I am waiting for more and more of your amazing creations!

27/07/2014

Start the party before the ‚Sandlot’ reveal!

It’s almost reveal over at Studio Calico so that means – that we can start shopping!!! This is an amazing opportunity to minimalize the shipping costs. As an international subscriber I have to care about that and I am so grateful that I can combine my shopping with kits few hours before the subscriber pre-sale (or 24 hours before reveal time if you are not a subscriber). It doesn’t matter if you an international or not, this offer is great for all of us :)

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Month by month I’m preparing set of my favourite products. In August we have some fabulous stamp sets in the kits and add-ons so once again it would be nice to enrich our collection of embossing powders. As you already know this time I created few layouts and mini album as well (with amazing ‚JET’ scrapbook add-on combined by Marcy). Thinking about mini album – this set of stamps and craft dies, precision markers and tiny 4×4 album are just made for August – you will see.

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1. So first of all – We R Memory Keepers 4×4 album – it’s soooo cute and tiny! Perfect for all road travels, vacation or just to collect Instagram memories from the summer party. Absolutely ‚must have’ in my opinion. Now you can find this treasure in 5 colours at the SC shop! Don’t wait any longer!

2. Craft dies & Stamp set – TABS designed by Marcy Penner – keep tabs on your favorite projects with this Tab Stamp and Die set!!! Perfect for mini album, ideal for PL scrappers and finally – great arranger for your workspace.

3. Project Life Black journaling pens – I can’t imagine any mini book, or PL spread or even scrapbook page without a piece of journaling – these thin markers are the best. You should have such base set in your drawer, always.

4. Craft Die FRIEND – it looks awesome. That’s all :) I just feel that I need it to my mini projects and to feel the tiny WAMK 4×4 album, so I share this inspiration with you now. Decision is yours.

5. Collection of new ZINK embossing powder shades – the selection of my choice for August.

If some of these items are already ‚sold out’ (what is quite possible), remember that you can click a ‚notify me’ button to get the ASAP information when they will be restock. Another important information – if they will be restock during the first week AFTER reveal you also have a chance to combine the shippings (I love this).

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Color Theory Acrylic Paint. This is an amazing offer and now there are a $5 promo code to use at the checkout!!! I HAVE TO get them all so this bundle shopping makes me smile from ear to ear :) Remember to past this code: ACRYLIC5 at the checkout to get this $5 off the bundle. LOVE THOSE tiny acrylic tubes!!!

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Color Theory – Studio Calico’s Exclusive line of premium dye ink, now in refills. Each hue is vibrant and modern, tailored specifically to complement your projects. These ink refills may be used many different ways, as a water color technique, to apply color directly to your project or to touch up ink pads low on color.The promo code for this offer is: REFILL5 – you have to paste it at the checkout during shopping :)

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Oh! Don’t forget about ‚Sandlot’ digi files!!! There are lots of spectacular printables, cut files, digi stamps! (wow!) and many others. And they are all available right now at the SC digi shop :)

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Few times in this post I mentioned about Marcy Penner – well it will be definitely her month at Studio Calico. This amazing, inspiring and one of the kindest person in our creative team prepared for you many things – amoung them – new class WORKSPACE.

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BY ENROLLING IN THIS CLASS YOU’LL RECEIVE :

  • 8 lessons that will walk you through the process of assessing your space & storage, your stash, and how you use it so that you can organize (and maintain) your workspace in a way that works for you.
  • Bonus lessons sharing ideas for finding vintage pieces for storage, repurposed and recycled storage ideas, creating an inspiration board, starting fresh in a new space, and identifying & tackling your „hot spot” problem areas.
  • A class message board where you can interact with your teachers, and get encouragement and support from the teachers and your fellow students as you go through the process of perfecting your workspace.

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This is my ‚workspace’ – as you can see there isn’t a lot of place… this is also my badroom and dining room and I HATE that I have to clean up everything just after I finish my work. But I have no choice. I usually don’t remember where I put something what is needed immediately, to be true – there is always a ‚creative mess’ in my drawers and on the shelves. That’s why the WORKSPACE classes by Marcy is a great opportunity for me to learn how to keep these tiny stash in the proper order. If you also have such problems in your craftroom this is something for you and you can’t missed it for sure.

Workspace is enrolling now through July 31st at 11:59pm EST. It’s only few days till the end of registation! The first lesson will be posted on Monday, August 4th, and there will be a new lesson posted each Monday and Thursday in August.

24/07/2014

‚Sandlot’ sneak peeks!

Finally, I know… You were waiting for so long this month. But ot’s vacation time… I can;t believe that you are sitting at home and waiting for the sneaks, right? I am so curious what are your desitnations this year! I’m travelling a lot this summer. As you already know I was visiting the seaside and last week I came back from the mountains. In a few days I am going at the Baltic Sea once again! Lucky me :) But before my next travel I want to share few ‚Sandlot’ sneaks with you, hope you will like them.

First of all – my traditional, subjective mood board – I think that I overexposed this orange shade this time, but… in general… it looks quite good in my opinion… and it inspires me – a bit :)

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[all of these pictures are coming from my Pinterest boards]

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And now – my sneaks. If you already saw the official sneak page at Studio Calico - this might be an interesting complement to your knowledge about August kits. Starting from the main kit only close-up:

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and other details and ‚during creative process’ peeks:

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This time I preapred also something special – a mini album made with AMAZING and MY FAV. add-on this month – ‚JET’ collected by my beloved Marcy Penner :D

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It’s only three days till reveal night. We will see then at the LIVE CHAT! and after – here, on my blog, with full reveal. Have a nice days everybody!

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OMG! Last minute amazing news!!! Look what just arrrive to the SC shop!!! The whole bundle of Color Theory Acrylic paint tubes!!! How COOL is this?!!!

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24/07/2014

‚AUTOCOMPLETE’ exclusive classes in Tuscany!!!

AUTOCOMPLETE MIXED MEDIA EVENT
Are you ready to get your hands dirty? Loredana Bucaria, Celine Navarro and ME together will be happy to accommodate TQO DAYS dedicated to scrapbooking & mix media! New techniques, oh yes, because the world of the media mix has no boundaries except those of your imagination!
We will play with lots of products to learn how to use them your own way, adapting to your way of scrapbooking, nothing more beautiful is not it? Gesso, watercolors, fabric, canvas, neocolors, gel medium, gelatos, letterpress just to mention some of our playmates! Three classes full of nuances and secrets to discover and more!
A little bag full of tasty little things as gifts will wait for you, an evening crop with the three of us and so many prizes offered by our generous sponsors: Studio Calico, Sizzix, Entreartistes but not only … we can not reveal everything at once! Places are very limited so hurry up to reserve your chair in class with us! Join us!
For reservations and information please feel free to contact:
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Siete pronte a sporcarvi le mani? Lory, Cèline ed Io  insieme saranno liete di ospitare due giorni all’insegna dello scrapbooking! Ci divertiremo ad imparare nuove tecniche, eh sì perché il mondo del mix media non ha confini se non quelli della vostra fantasia! Giocheremo con tantissimi prodotti che imparerete ad usare a modo vostro, adattandoli al vostro modo di scrappare, niente di più bello no? Gesso, acquerelli, stoffa, tela, neocolors, gel medium, gelatos, letterpress solo per citare alcuni dei nostri compagni di giochi! Tre classi piene di sfumature e di segreti da svelare e non solo! Una borsina piena di cosine appetitose in regalo, crop serale con noi tre e tanti premi  generosamente offerti dai nostri sponsors: Studio Calico, Sizzix, Entreartistes ma non solo … non possiamo svelare tutto subito!! I posti sono limitatissimi per cui affrettatevi a riservare la vostra seggiolina in classe con noi!
16/07/2014

June’s reminiscences.

Yep – while waiting for the August kits I still have something made with July ‚Penny Arcade’ sets. I have nothing to share with you according to the new ‚Sandlot’ sneak peek yet (just give me a week – come on! it’s summer laziness!), but I have other layout.

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I used here embellishments and alphabets, stamps from the July kits and one of my favourites papers from ‚One Way Ticket’ designed by Polish brand Studio Tekturek. The colours are melting together in a perfect way for me.

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There is a special, limited offer at Studio Calico. For August, Kelly Purkey and Studio Calico have teamed up to bring you the Craft Die + Stamp Set of your dreams! Tell your friends they rock for adding that spring into your step and show loved ones how much you miss them when they are away. With this set, you will relish all the ways you can share your life with the ones you love!

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This exclusive offer is for subscribers only and will ship with your monthly subscription order with no additional shipping fees, no matter where you are! Available for a limited time while supplies last.

This item qualifies for free shipping on its own. The cost of the Craft Die + Stamp Set will not count towards the free shipping threshold with the other items in your cart.

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If you are not a subber yet, but you want to be a part of Studio Calico community, now there is a FABULOUS offer for you!!!

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If you will start your 12 months subscription with a kit of your choice, you will receive your first kit for FREE!!!

Remember that you have to enter code (from the picture) at the checkout. Expires 7/28/14!!!

don’t wait – click HERE and be prepared for fabulous adventure!!!

13/07/2014

Hey! New sketch challenge!

Three weeks ago I received a proposition to create a layout inspired my one of the projects created by our July guest – Emma Wood. The challenge was clear: we have a layout and a sketch inspired by this project. My work was to make a scrap using ‚Penny Arcade’ kits and THIS SKETCH. It wasn’t easy for me as you probably noticed that I am not a clean&simple kind of scrapper… This is the oryginal work made by Emma:

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There are few common elements in our projects. First of all I was inspired by this amazing woodgrain paper and wood veneer alphabet from the scrapbook min kit. I decided to stay in this wooden feeling mood in my work as well. Emma made a double A4 page, I just devided my background on almost equal parts.

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I added these amazing leaves cut files designed by Kim for July.

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My favoruite element is – of course – the wood venneer lemon which I painted using Mr. Huey’s watercolour set and used it instead of letter ‚O’ :)

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Supplies: Kits – Penny Arcade Scrapbook Kit, Fortune Teller Add-on, Spun Sugar Add-on, Skeeball Add-on, Mr. Huey’s Watercolour Set, Precision Pen 03, Color Theory Woodshop sequins, Wanderlust Lowercase Alpha Sticker Booklet, LemonLush Wood Veneer Shapes

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OK, now it’s your turn. Make a project using this sketch as a starting point, then share it in the Studio Calico gallery. Use the hashtag #SCsketch to make it easier for other members to find! Leave a link to your project by July 21st in the comments HERE to be entered to win a $5 GC to the Studio Calico Shop.

07/07/2014

Baltic summer :: mini album.

I have no idea what’s happened with me this month, but I am full of creative energy! I think it’s becasue of that I finally have vacation. In June we spent few days at the seaside and now we are visiting the biggest Polish mountains – so many beautiful views! One more thing – this month’s Penny Arcade’ Studio Calico kits are just stunning. Full of embellishments, exclusive designs and amazing colours.

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Few days ago I showed you my juicy [Main Kit Only] layout and I added few painted freebies >>> HERE >>> in this post. I am still waiting for your amazing creations: layouts, PL spreads, mini books and cards! Promise – I will choose some and I publish them on my blog.

OK – during my work with that layout and journaling cards I made this mini. I used manyPenny Arcade‚ embellishments and stamps from the main scrapbook kit and add-ons, July printables designed by Marcy and some older elements from SC kits too (like AT tag…). You can also find some precious papers and elements cuted from ‚One Way Ticket‚ collection designed by ‚Studio Tekturek‚.

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Anyway – I have to admit, that the cover is my favourite part – and I never like any covers! I hate to do them! This time it was different. BTW – the cover is made with recycled Studio Calico package :)

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I hope you enjoy this mini and just want to remid you – if you are a juicy fruits nut as I am – you can dowload my free printable journal cards for your personal projects >>> HERE. Have fun and share your passion!

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28/06/2014

Fruit sensation :: painted freebies.

Hello and welcome! Just after reveal night at Studio Calico I have a sweet present for you. You already know what you can find in ‚Penny arcade‚ kits, I also presented you my favourite products which I find helpful to work with July sets. Now I want to give you a part of me in PDF file – few, painted journal cards to download from >>> HERE.

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This set consists of five journal cards (one big and four small cards) with various summer fruits. I hope you will find a good place for them in your vacation spreads :) I am waiting impantiently for your creations! If you would like to share your work with me please, leave the link to your project in the comments below this post!

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To be true I didn’t have enough time to create something with them yet, but I can share with you my inspiration. I started with this [main kit only] layout made with ‚Penny arcade’ scrapbook kit. Drawing and painting fruits was so fun! First I saw few illustrations during my daily visit at Pinterest, after that I find an idea to combine such drawing into the scrapbook project…

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I was using various nibs and colour inks. Just after this layout I made a mini album. I also add some fruity drawings in it (I will publish my summer mini soon!). After that I thought that it would be nice, if you could also have such yummy additives – so I decided to paint few fruits for all of you.

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I hope you will enjoy these cards. Just a little reminder – these printables are for personal use only. Thank you. Waiting for your creations: Project Life spreads, cards, layouts and mini albums! Remember that there are no limits for your creativity! :*

27/06/2014

‚Penny arcade’ reveal.

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Nothing is more excited than reveal time! And the best option is reveal time with at the begining of summer with vacation photos! As you know I was at the short seaside holidays this month and I came back with lots of new peeks (finally). For me this is the greatest inspiration. When I mixed new photographs with brand new ‚Penny Arcade’ Studio Calico kits – I was in heaven! And today I would like to share this piece of my world with you guys.

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Non -subbers info: main kits and add-on kits are available for purchase at 12:00 am EST on 06/28/2014.
Remember, the links to purchase the Scrapbook, Card, or Project Life kits will not work until this time.

First of all – AshleyG’s designs in the Scrapbook Main kit – oh-my-lord! Outstanding! It was my first choice when I started to combine my [Main Kit Only] project. Here it is:

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This pattern reminds me a watermelon – and you know how much I LOVE watermelons lately, aren’t you?! :) This is so amazing that we – Studio Calico lovers – have an opportunity to work with her patterns! From Urban Outfitters to her shop on Etsy and Studio Calico – these are the only places where we can associate with Ashley’s works. And this is cool. Even more than – this is totally RAD.
More about this projects – the title – you probably can’t understand clearly; it should be ‚SUSNSET’ but I had only one ‚S’ letter in my set so I decided to use only what I have. To be true for me it’s not that important to have all the letters – the main point is that they are there, they are black and their shape (font style) is outstanding and fit perfectly to the composition. OK – finishing ‚stage directions’ I have one more thing to say – this month’s printables. That’s right! I know! Month by month I am talking about it all the time – but I am a totally printable nut and I have to remind you that also in July, you can ind spectacular designs in SC Digi shop.

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Tomorrow I will publish my second [Main Kit Only] project and now, I’m going to show my other layouts made with mix of July’s add-ons: SKEEBALL (my totally fav. this month!), FORTUNE TELLER and SPUN SUGAR.

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I can’t find any good words to write, how much I love this ‚world’s map’ stamp designed by Amy Tangerine from the ‚Spun Sugar‚ add-on! I have more ideas how can I use it in my projects and I’m sure that this is not the last layout with this fab. thing!  I know – I made a mistake here in the ‚summer’ word – sorry, I was thinking about the colours not letters (once again – but I have to admit that I have a problem with that). Try to not look at it :) I used my favourite mix of gesso and watercolour here and you can also spy from stiching there. Most of all I adore this summer palette. The ‚Skeeball‚ add-on is based on these colours.

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Talking about the yello-orange-pink palette – this fabulous paper is coming from the brand new ‚Brighton Pier‚ collection! This line is full of fantastic embellishments, alphabets and lovely papers! My favourites are wood veneers and awesome handbook! BTW – Studio Calico has greast LIMITED offer for those of you who don’t want to stay in the line for ages – ‚Bringhton Pier’ bundle!

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SC release takes you seaside with a color palette of summery blues, fresh greens, and bright pinks, oranges and yellows. Be first in line and preorder a bundle of the Brighton Pier collection to be shipped to your doorstep the moment it arrives on our dock.

FREE SHIPPING

This entire bundle will ship free domestically and for a $12.99 flat rate to the rest of the world. These bundles will ship upon arrival to our warehouse, estimated late July.

REWARDS EXCLUSIVE

Rewards Members will receive a FREE Exclusive Brighton Pier Printable Art Print. This item will be placed on your dashboard 7/1/14.

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We’re coming back to the more traditional, ‚marine’ palette. For those of you who identify summer with sea colours, wood and camera embellishments ‚Fortune Teller‚ add-on will be the best one. Set full of remarkable ‚October Afternoon’ stickers and thickers – this is what tigers like best! For me these elements is like pier – that’s why I used here the photo made at one of my favourite’s piers at the Baltic Sea. There is also tiny recycled envelope where I hide small photo with our that day breakfast:

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You already know this peek from my sneak peek post. What can I add. I have few more projects to share with you. This month was really good for me, very inspiring. I was waiting for such set for months. I can find lots of amazing embellishments and exclusive, fabtastic papers in ‚Penny Arcade’ kits. I hope that my pages say everything and explain you my passion better than my lopsided sentences – as you already know I am not a good writter.

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Non -subbers info: main kits and add-on kits are available for purchase at 12:00 am EST on 06/28/2014.
Remember, the links to purchase the Scrapbook, Card, or Project Life kits will not work until this time.
Few of my favourites exclusive items which you can add to your orders (they will find a place on my cart for sure! especially those 4th of July PL cards – I know we don’t have that Day in Poland, but I have some photos which will suit perfectly to those designs).
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                        FUNNEL CAKE                         JULY 4th CARD SET                    ALPHA STAMP SET
Love them all!!! And guess what – there are more such yummies there – die cuts, stamps, journal cards >>>HERE.
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